Whale watching trip for two Soul Surfer Award winners

Photo: Ken Finlay

A whale watching trip is now also on the cards for two top contenders of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer Awards. Sponsored by the World Cetacean Alliance, the trip will enable the two nominated Soul Surfer ambassadors to go whale watching with delegates of the forthcoming World Whale Conference taking place in Durban in June.

Hosted by the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and eThekwini municipality, the conference focuses on promoting responsible whale and dolphin tourism.

It aims to unite national, regional and global stakeholders from cetacean conservation, the whale watching industry, as well as travel and tourism companies, said WCA spokesperson, Wendy van Gool.

“Should the two chosen Soul Surfers not be able to make the June 24 trip in KZN, we can transfer the award to Raggy Charters in Port Elizabeth,” said van Gool.

Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfers Awards – a new feature of the South African Longboard Surfing Championships – are aimed at promoting marine conservation and shall be presented to contestants who best exemplify the spirit of an ocean lifestyle.

The top award is a custom-made Spider Murphy longboard valued at R4,500, along with R1000 from the Human Elephant Foundation to be donated to a marine conservation cause of the winner’s choice.

The runner-up shall receive a limited edition Makotikoti turtle sculpture valued R1000.

More than 200 longboard surfers, men and women of all ages, including legendary surfing veterans, are competing in next week’s surfing extravanganza – the biggest of its kind in Africa. Click here to read more about the nominations for Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfers Awards.

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